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Geek Tip: Permanently Deleting Pics From iPhoto

If your iPhoto is full of pics that you don't need and you want to free up some space on your hard drive, here's a quick fix that will instantly increase your storage space. When you are in iPhoto, click on the images you want to delete in the photo library. Most people make the common mistake of deleting images in an album that only deletes them from that album and not the entire library.

Don't ask me why but pictures are copied to albums, not moved, so essentially you will have two copies of a picture if it's in an album. Once you delete certain pics from your iPhoto library, make sure you empty the trash can as well to permanently delete!

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beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i need to do this quite badly - i am taking up too much room on my lappy with pics!
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 8 years
Ooh, thank you so much! I got a MacBook recently, I'm still a bit clueless *was born a right-clicker*.
isobelstevens isobelstevens 8 years
This was awesome, thank you! I cleaned out my iPhoto so easily!
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 8 years
I don't have a Mac, but the school I go to uses them.
cloudy-D cloudy-D 8 years
Good to reminder!
Madamesoybean Madamesoybean 8 years
Technically your photos are in one place, the Library. The Albums are a "view" of the photos in the Library and do not double the space or take up room in multiple albums. Like linking pics in myspace from photobucket. When you delete in the Album it is still in the Library. Delete in the Library and "poof!" gone.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 8 years
i have an issue where some of my pictures get doubled (and by some i mean a lot) in the modified folder. i dont really know why...
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